The International Student & Scholar Advisor reports to the Manager of International Services and advises faculty, staff, students, and scholars on a broad spectrum of immigration, visa, and employment issues.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
• Advises international employees, students, faculty, scholars, and researchers in determining all their visa and employment options, and provides the necessary assistance in obtaining and maintaining appropriate non-immigrant status, primarily in the J-1 scholar and F-1 student categories,; processes visa-related documents with emphasis on accuracy and completeness.
• Serves as the Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for the U.S. Department of State J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and the TSRI Designated School Official (DSO) for the Student and Exchange Visitor F-1 Program (SEVP).
• Creatively resolves complex issues and problems based on thorough understanding of relevant policies and government regulations.
• Uses critical judgment and appreciation for cultural nuances to offer sound advice and guidance.
• Resolves pre-arrival and relocation questions presented by international students, scholars, visitors, and the Lab (PI and Admin).
• Monitors receipt of eforms in the database tracking system and corresponds with labs on initiation, extension, departure and change of status issues; monitors and responds to database alerts, maintains database records from inception to close out based on personnel action notices.
• Remains current with SEVIS-related and regulatory updates pertaining to international students, scholars, and faculty; and collaborates with other DSO/AROs to ensure consistent protocol regarding policies and procedures; ensures the agreement and accuracy of all data sources including ISO records, databases, government systems, and visa documents.
• Proactively monitors and evaluates data in SEVIS and Sunapsis database systems to identify issues needing resolution prior to data submission.
• Reviews and edits visa-related documents and scholar pre-arrival and post-arrival information, as well as related webpages.
• Assures that database records and immigration documents comply with USCIS procedures, policies, regulations and rules; ensures all filings are submitted timely, professionally, and accurately.
• Conducts personal check-in and arrival meetings, verifying immigration documents and offering key information to begin living in area of San Diego, CA Shares responsibility for presenting new International Scholar Orientation.
• Shares responsibility for intercultural programming. Provides back up for the other ISO team members as needed.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s Degree in international affairs, psychology, communications or related fields, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
• Minimum 1 year recent experience in international advising of scholars and graduate students.
• SEVIS Requirement: Must be a United States citizen or United States Permanent Resident.
• Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
• Ability to understand, interpret, and apply extensive laws and governmental regulations, directives, and opinion letters relating to immigration and employment.
• Ability to relate to a wide variety of people, via telephone and in person, and relate effectively to a wide range of cultural differences and build positive relationships.
• Knowledge of U.S. immigration regulations pertaining to international students and scholars and the SEVIS database system.
• Demonstrated ability to synthesize regulations, plan and execute programs and solve problems.
• Excellent organizational, critical thinking, and strong time-management skills, as well as the ability to complete complex projects in a timely manner.
• Ability to work in a rapidly changing work environment with minimal supervision.
• Strong Microsoft Office Skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• Experience working with immigration databases, particularly Sunapsis highly desired.
• Experience completing I-9 forms for new employees highly desired.
• Experience creating and formatting statistical reports from databases, using MS Office applications and creating and editing newsletters, webpages, handouts, forms, etc a plus.
• Experience with employment visa types, such as H-1B and TN a plus.
If you are a person with disability who is in need of a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in TSRI’s application, interview, and/or selection process, please contact the Human Resources Department at (858) 784-8534 for assistance. The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is one of the world’s largest, private, non-profit research organizations. It stands at the forefront of basic biomedical science, a vital segment of medical research that seeks to comprehend the most fundamental processes of life. International students and scholars represent about a third of the population on each TSRI campus in La Jolla, CA, and Jupiter, F...L. The total campus population is about 2,000 in California and 600 in Florida. The International Services Office serves all non-immigrants on both campuses and provides immigration advising, programming, employment services, resources and support for internationals at TSRI.